Sony has a history of failing to launch some of its smartphones in the US market, but it’s bringing a new Android-powered device to US-based consumers. It’s just not a phone. Sony’s latest product is the Xperia Touch, a portable projector with touch detection. You can jot down notes, play games, and watch video via the projector, but it’ll cost you. Sony has priced this sci-fi device at an astronomical $1,700.
The Xperia Touch is what’s known as an ultra-short-throw projector, meaning you place it against (or close to) the surface onto you’re projecting. The projector beams the Android UI onto the table or wall with a 100 lumen laser. It has a resolution of 1366×768–not the highest for a projector or a phone. However, you can make the image anywhere from 23 to 80-inches in size. Try doing that with your phone.
You can interact with the image being projected just like it was a giant touch screen. It can track up to ten multitouch points at a time with an infrared sensor. It also has a motion detector that wakes up the projector when you walk past. Sony has built a custom interface that can show you the time, notifications, notes, the weather, and more.
Being an Android device, you can run all your apps. The video below shows off a lot of interesting things you can do with the Xperia Touch, but they’re all apps that are available generally in the Play Store. You don’t need a $1,700 projector to play Fruit Ninja or use djay2.
Whatever you’re using it for, you can only do it for an hour without power. That’s all the internal battery can manage, so it’s best to keep it tethered to an outlet for extended use. It also has stereo speakers and can respond to voice commands via Google Assistant. Inside you get 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. Sony hasn’t listed the processor in any of the specs, though.
The Xperia Touch runs on Android 7.0, but it seems like the sort of product that won’t get a lot of OTA updates. Sony’s probably not going to sell many of them at $1,700, and engineering resources are best spent on devices people are actually using. Still, maybe this will be a surprise hit for Sony. Goodness knows it could use one. It’s listed on Amazon, but out of stock at the moment.